We started our day with a Picture Talk about good sportsmanship. We studied this photograph as I told them part of the story of Abel and Ivan. Abel did not understand the signals from the line judge and thought the race was over. He began walking. I asked the children to think about what the runner behind him could have done, good or bad. We talked about the choices and most children felt it was important that Abel find a way to tell Ivan, who didn't speak Spanish as Abel did, to run and finish the race. You can see below on the T-chart some of the choices the children came up with. We talked about why Ivan did what he did, which was motion for Abel to go on and try to tell him the race was not over. We also talked about what a brave choice that was because Ivan was not only running for himself but his country, and some people would believe that since it was a competition, it would be okay for him to pass Abel and win the race. But this was Ivan's choice to make, and he believed it would not be right for him to do that. We talked about the word competition and said it was like a contest. Because it was a competition, Ivan could have run around Abel and have won the race. Ask me what I would have done if I was behind Abel instead of Ivan?
We finished the Dibels portion of our testing. I have another test to do with all the children, but we are going to enjoy Field Day tomorrow and do absolutely NO TESTING! The children practiced subtraction while I testing individual students, and wrote in their eagle journals about all the things that have happened with the eagles lately.
We read a book today called Neither, by Arlie Anderson. This book is about a bird that is part bird, part rabbit. The birds don't accept him and the rabbits don't accept him. He finds a new home in a place called The Land of All. It's a beautiful book about inclusion. Friday we will read the story again and write about the author's message in the book.
We looked at a picture of DG4 today in her new home. She really is living the good life. No food from the landfill, no crowded nest, and no rain. We also got to see a video of DG 3 and DG5 wingercizing and DG5's official branching. We are lucky to have such creative moderators on this nest. The music makes this video a lot of fun!
Have a nice evening!